Puccini, La Rondine (dir. M. Domingo),
A. Arteta, Washington National Opera,
(released on July 14, 2009)
Decca 074 3335 | 1h50
Marcus Haddock has a powerful ring in his voice as Ruggero, and a discomfort on stage suits the awkwardness of the character (Michael Scott's costume for him in the third act, however, is a little too close to this). Arteta is a beautiful Magda, if a little stiff of gesture and presence, and she sings well, with the necessary transparency in the soft moments of the big arias, although her pitch tends to shade too much to the flat side a little too often. The comic pairing of Inva Mula and Richard Troxell sing well as Lisette and Prunier and are not too annoying. Emmanuel Villaume leads the WNO Orchestra in a sensitive rendition of the score. Without much to compete against among available DVDs, this is not a bad choice.